Concrete jungle where dreams are made of indeed. A brand surrounded by uncertainty and speculation in recent months, the future of OpTic Gaming as a whole hangs in the balance, but their CS:GO roster has shut out the rumors and secured a spot at ESL One New York by winning the preceding Invitational, with a stand-in no less. OpTic fielded René "cajunb" Borg in place of Ismail "refrezh" Ali with their pride on the line. And the business-beseiged Danish roster won a huge morale boost, and a ticket to the Barclays Center.
ESL One New York 2019 teams
ESL One New York will take place from September 26th to September 29th 2019. The eight teams involved are:
- Team Liquid
Many people, myself included, favored OpTic over much of their competition here, but not against their grand final opponent, forZe. forZe was my favorite to win the whole thing, a nice little comeback and redemption story after they had to forfeit their IEM Chicago slot due to visa issues. And after the first two maps, it looked like it would work out that way. forZe stole away OpTic's map pick in a highly contested overtime match on Nuke, but then OpTic turned right around and stole back a close map on Mirage. So we should see a close decider right?
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Wrong. OpTic came out swinging on Overpass and made themselves feel right at home with trains clattering on tracks all around them, a good sign for a squad now heading to the Big Apple. They roared out to a 12-3 lead on their CT side, then did not concede a single round until they reached their sixteenth to win the series. Rene "TeSeS" Madsen absolutely went off, boasting 27 kills, two thirds of them coming via headshots. He boasted a 2.25 HLTV rating in the deciding map, with just shy of 136 ADR. Not bad for an 18 year old.
MSL = Most Steady Leader
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen was not the problem for North. Since leaving that roster, he's turned downtrodden and desperate teams into legitimate competitors. See Rogue, qualifying for the ECS Finals in London before disbanding their roster, and now OpTic, a team on the rise and one of the likely favorites for being named the 100 Thieves CSGO roster in the near future.
The Danish strategist and sniper has led OpTic on a story of redemption of their own. They got their revenge on the team that knocked them out of the IEM Chicago Invitational semis, qualified for an elite Intel Grand Slam event, and has shown us an OpTic that is seemingly unrecognizable from what we were seeing just half a year ago.
OpTic will join eUnited and G2 as the other teams that played their way into the eight team field, with the five invited teams being Team Liquid, Astralis, ENCE, FaZe Clan, and NRG. The ESL One New York action will kick off on September 26th. Expect the possibility of Vertigo, MSL was one of the first to seriously build a plan for the map.
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